2.22.2015

Letter from Andrew Jackson to James Winchester

Head Quarters 7 M. District
New Orleans
22d. Feb: 1815


Sir
    It gave me great pain to learn that Ft. Bowyer had surrendered to the Enemy without being fired upon. I had calculated most confidently that that post would not have fallen but after the most gallant resistance
    Admiral Cochrane has enclosed me the copy of a Bulletin published in a London paper, announcing that a treaty of peace, had on the 24th. Decr. Last, been signed at Ghent by our commissioners & those of Grt Britain; but as it does not appear that hostilities are to cease until the treaty shall be signed by the Prince Regent & the President, it becomes us to exercise all our former vigilance & industry. I have little doubt, if he attempts Mobile, as probably he will, that I shall receive a good account of him. It will be glorious to wipe away the stain which I am fearful the American arms have sustained!
    Nothing is wanting to insure you success, but a believe inspire into your troops that they will be victorious; & such a disposition of them as I am satisfied you will make I have enclosed the Bulletin forwarded by Adml. Cochrane to Genl McIntosh with a request that he hand it you. Very respectfully--

Andrew Jackson
Major Genl. Comdg.

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